Free-4-All Friday: Sacred Hoops athletes excelling in multiple arenas

At left: Sacred Hoops 12-U player Ryan Heinert, along with his 6th-grade band teacher. Center, Amia Roach-Valandra plays for Kellan Herman’s All-Native 16-U Sacred Hoops team. At right: Christian Boechler, son of Tara and Collin Boechler, is heading to Grad School at the University of South Dakota.

By Rich Winter

One of my favorite things about working with, and writing for Sacred Hoops Basketball, is waking up every day and seeing what amazing things are going on with our Sacred Hoops athletes and their families. As we become more familiar with our athletes, and the stuff they are doing, it’s not hard to find some amazing young people excelling on different platforms besides basketball.

Alright, so yesterday there were a slough of National Honor Society Inductions across the state. Boy NHS is such a wonderful stepping stone for young people that are serious about their school work. For those planning on going to college, that NHS title is one of the first things college coaches and recruiters are going to be looking for.

Amia Roach-Valandra, Todd County sophomore:


Very excited to see this young lady inducted into the National Honor Society at Todd County yesterday.

Amia will be playing her first summer with Sacred Hoops Basketball, on Jon Derby’s All-Native 16-U squad. This weekend, Amia sees her first taste of high-level AAU Basketball in Denver.

The Lady Falcons graduated a ton this year, so Amia is going to be counted on to carry a bigger load next season.

Excellent in the classroom, the future looks very bright for a hard working student athlete.

Very cool to see Spearfish 6th-grader participating in band.


A very cool post from Rosie Metcalf Heinert this week showing her son, Ryan with Spearfish Band Director, Mrs. Case…

Heinert is playing on Melissa Austin’s West River 12-U squad with

Dayler Segrist, Mickie Strawn, JD Green, Graham Strommen, Rhett Lowe, Declan Duffy, Dyllon Doren, Kaelem Brooks, Carsen Kissinger.

Terrnace Eastman from Rapid City Central is playing with Sacred Hoops. At center is one of the Terkildsen girls from Philip, and at far right Weston Gereats, who plays for an East River Sacred Hoops team is getting help from his sister who is holding the blocks.

Christian Boechler just accepted into Medical School at the University of South Dakota.

So, I see a lot of Dell Rapids posts from Tara Boechler. Her son Avery plays on Jeff Larsen’s Sacred Hoops East-River 16-U squad. Avery Boechler played on a west-river team a year ago but now lives in Dell Rapids and should grow a ton under Madison head-man, Larsen.

So, saw an interesting post from Tara today announcing that her son, Christian, who just graduated from Augustana, has been accepted to Medical School at the University of South Dakota.

Amazing, but this man has been doing amazing things for the last four years….REFFING

He is a ref for boys state AA, and does GPACK and a lot of college games as well as Class A and Class AA games in the area.

And, he’s been doing thast since he was 18.